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Heroes and Hounds [Paperback]

MR Bill Miller , MR Albert Burkhardt , MS Mary Burkhardt

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Book Description

Nov. 10 2010
Carly is 11 years old and lives with her grandfather on a 200-acre Virginia farm while both parents serve in the military overseas. She loves the farm, and befriends all of the animals including a sneaky red fox that stalks her grandfather's prize chickens. Her best friend is her pony, Monroe, who shares her enthusiasm for adventure. Carly's constant dream is to ride with the Riverdale Hunt Club that passes through her grandfather's property. On one particularly rainy Saturday, Carly watches from her front porch as the finely dressed ladies and gentlemen ride to the hounds. Later in the day, Carly finds out that a young hound named Hampton has become lost and Carly is determined to find him and by so doing endear herself to the hunt's Master; perhaps to be asked to ride Monroe in an upcoming meet. Carly enlists the help of her friend, Freddie, but the adventure is just beginning. Carly, Monroe, Hampton and the red fox have no idea what dangers await them.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (Nov. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456310364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456310363
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g

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About the Author

Bill Miller has been riding to the hounds for over 40 years. For nearly 20 years he has been an honorary whipper-in for the Norfolk Hunt Club. Bill is also actively involved in Team Penning during the summer months. He lives on a small farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts with his wife and three horses. When not working with horses, Bill is an independent film director and cinematographer. His website is: www.billmillerfilm.com

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  34 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like animals and a clean read, pick this one up! Feb. 8 2012
By Wendy L. Hines - Published on Amazon.com
While Carly's parents are finishing out their military tours, she stays with her grandfather on his farm. She loves watching the Riverdale Hunt Club in the fall and yearns to join them. Her own pony, Monroe, used to run with them before he became hers, but she is only eleven. So she dreams of riding Monroe chasing the fox.

Hampton is a new addition to the kennels and because one of the other hounds is injured, he gets to join in. He's reall excited but he's never ran so much and he is tired. When he gets a drink at the stream, the Hunt leaves him and Hampton is lost. He is hungry, tired and just wants to go home. When he smells something yummy on the air, he follows his nose and winds up at the home of Strange Willie.
Willie is a vet who lives very basically and doesn't ask for much. Most of the children in the area are scared to death of him. At first Willie tries to shoot Hampton, but thankfully a fox leaps in the way and saves Hampton. Later, Hampton saves the fox from one of Willie's booby traps. An unorthodox friendship, but it works. When Willie's house catches afire, even though he had tried to shoot Hampton, he enters the abode and wakens Willie, saving his life.

Carly is determined to find the lost hound, but when she is out looking, a rabid skunk approaches her. Thankfully, Willie saves her life. He isn't as scary as everyone says and she sees he has Hampton. But the Master of the Hunt is looking for Hampton and Carly isn't sure what the right thing to do would be. But when one of her friends disappears, Carly knows she has to speak up.

Heroes and Hounds is a middle-grade novel with appealing characters and several great messages. Bringing the fox and the hound to life in a new twist from the Disney version is delightful and thoroughly entertaining. Miller does a great job of keeping the reader involved in the story with many adventures. If you like animals and a clean read, pick this one up! You're sure to enjoy it!
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging read for animal loving children! March 22 2012
By Jennifer Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Miller's story is engaging and full of adventure, with a few little life lessons thrown in for good measure--which I always appreciate in a children's book--kindness to animals and strangers, not rushing to judge based on appearances, helping those in need. It also touches on the plight of children of military families. As an editor, I would like to see the writing developed--some bits are rushed, and the omniscient point of view leaves out some opportunities to really get inside the characters' heads or to build suspense. However, it is a fun story and an engaging read that I think many kids will enjoy, especially if they are animal lovers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Go the Hounds! March 7 2012
By H/J Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
So many books for kids feel like they're trying too hard to use the cool "in" words, references to products and brands, or clever narrative styles and frankly, as a parent of three young kids, that all gets a little tiresome.

This book was a welcome retreat back to the books I loved as a kid: Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Yearling, the Little House books. It's a simply told, classic adventure story about an unlikely hero and a young hound. The author clearly knows the fox-hunting world and gets the details right. Step back in time with this enjoyable book! The fact that the book has chapters from the hound's point-of-view is also a bonus!
5.0 out of 5 stars hounds and heroes March 7 2012
By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Hounds and Heroes by Bill Miller
The Hunt was allowed access to the farms every year. It was just the understanding that the farmers would move their animals to other pastures so the fox population would be kept under control.
Carly had begun to see a nightly fox to their farm at nightfall.
She hoped to ride with the Hunt one day.
She lived on the farm and her grandfather took care of her.
Charcoal drawings of what's going on appear in the book.
This is the story of a hound, Hampton that starts out lead on the hunt, loses the scent and relaxes in the stream for a minute and then gets separated from the others and ends up running for miles and finds himself in the city-very unfamiliar territory.
After school her friend Freddie and her got on dirt bikes and rode to see if they could find the hound dog. They did find some prints....
There are places that the speaker is the hound himself and also the US Vet and what is going through their minds.
Fred's disappearance brought them all together.
They are calling Carly the hero for following Hampton.
Thanksgiving Hunt is what happens next and it's a very troubled time with the train coming and the Hunt heading towards the train...
5.0 out of 5 stars Read Aloud with Your Kids Feb. 27 2012
By Eileen Granfors - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"Heroes and Hounds" is a grand adventure novel by Bill Miller. Although it can be read alone by kids ready for chapter books, I can see myself reading it to my 4 year-old granddaughter and her cousin. The book has everything a child can relate to and enjoy: a loving Grandpa (Oakley); a kind of creepy person from the community who is not really creepy, the vet, Willy; and the funny, adventurous, animal-loving heroine, Carly. When Carly's favorite of the hounds gets lost on his first hunt, Carly sets out to find Hampton. She has a lot to learn about the countryside when she is off the grounds of her grandfather's farm. She is a willing learner. She is spunky without being a brat. She is much-loved though her parents are off to war. I found the attitudes of the characters to be positive reinforcement of strong values while telling a tale interesting to children.

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